Rhoeo Pinky - Tradescantia spathacea variegata - Moses in the Cradle - Statement Plants

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Rhoeo Pinky - Tradescantia spathacea variegata - Moses in the Cradle

Stunning white, green and pink striped leaves will add plenty of year-round colour to your garden or indoor living space.


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  • Rhoeo Pink (Tradescantia spathacea) is a stunningly coloured indoor or outdoor plant with green and white striped leaves with a pink underside. It makes a great accent piece in the garden or a stunning display mass planted. It's also great as a potted plant and will brighten up any indoor space.

    Rhoeos grow well in freely draining organic soil in a sunny or partially shaded spot. They will tolerate short term colder temperatures as long as they are not too wet. The Tradescantia spathacea is drought tolerant once established but are not frost tolerant. They may cope with a light frost if dry.

    Rhoeos have small, white flowers that bloom mostly in spring to summer, although they can flower all year. The flowers are encased in small boat-shaped bracts. It is the shape of the bracts that gave the plant its common names Boat Lily and Moses in the Cradle / Moses in a Boat.

    Looking for a different colour Rhoeo? Have a look at the gorgous yellow-gold leaves of the Rhoeo Gold or the deep green and purple of the Dwarf Rhoeo.

    Plant Details

    Habit Clumping
    Height 20cm to 50cm
    Spread 20cm to 1m (clumps)
    Position Full sun to part shade
    Soil Free draining, organic
    Foliage White and green striped upper side with a pink underside
    Flowers White, small, in boat shaped bracts.
    Flowering Time Spring to Autumn
    Drought Tolerant Yes, once established
    Frost Tolerant No. but may tolerate light frost once established. Does not like to be cold and wet.
    Also Known As Rhoeo, Moses in the Cradle, Moses-in-the-Cradle, Boat Lily, boatlily, Moses in a Basket, Oyster Plant
    Rhoeo spathacea
    Toxicity Irritant if ingested